Sir Bills drop opener to Hudson Falls

Johnstown quarterback Bradey Brownell carries the ball during Friday's game against Hudson Falls at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — A young Johnstown Sir Bills football team played host to an experienced Hudson Falls team in their season opener at Knox Field Friday night.

The Tigers took full advantage of that experience to guide them to a 45-8 win over the Sir Bills.

The Sir Bills received the opening kick off but were forced to punt and the Tigers took over on the Johnstown 45 yard line. That’s when Hudson Falls put its size and experience into action.

After Riley Maddison picked up 20 yards on three-straight carries, quarterback Caleb Condon kept the ball and rambled in for a 25-yard touchdown. Condon scored the conversion on another keeper play to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead at the 9:31 mark.

“They [Hudson Falls] were ready to go. They just physically outplayed us,” Johnstown Coach Tyler Hall said. “Right from the get-go our guys were on their heels.” he added regarding his inexperienced roster.

The Sir Bills were able to get into Tiger territory on the next possession as Trey Stover and Chase Benton combined for 26 yards on the drive but the Sir Bills turned the ball over on downs and the Tigers found themselves starting on their own 30 yard line.

Condon and Maddison were, again, the go-to guys for Hudson Falls as they moved the ball up the field.

With third-and-four from the 11, Maddison seemed to score but the touchdown was called back for a holding penalty moving the ball out to the 21.

Condon connected with Connor Hermanson for a 20 yard pick up and then Maddison rolled in from the one for the touchdown. A reverse to Brennan Prevost on the conversion gave the Tigers a 16-0 lead with 1:34 to go in the first quarter.

The Sir Bills offense went four-and-out and the Tigers wasted no time scoring in the second quarter.

Hudson Falls marched 66 yards on just four plays on a drive that included three offensive penalties.

On first-and-21 from the 44, Prevost took the hand off on a counter and scampered in for the touchdown. Condon ran it in on a keeper for the conversion to make the score 24-0 less than two and a half minutes into the second quarter.

The Sir Bills were forced to punt again but a fumble on the punt gave the Tigers the ball on their 40 yard line. Condon and Maddison marched the ball down to the Johnstown 22. On third down Condon was forced to scramble and found Prevost in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown reception. Condon hit Hermanson for the conversion to make the score 32-0 where it would stand at the half.

The second half started with Hudson Falls striking quickly on a three-play drive.

Starting on their own 36 yard line, Maddison ran for 13 yards and Condon added five. On second-and-five from the Johnstown 46, Prevost ran a reverse, breaking multiple tackles on his way to the end zone. Prevost’s kick attempt was blocked and the Tigers now led 38 – 0 with 10:03 left in the third quarter.

Johnstown showed signs of life on their next possession.

Starting at their own 29 yard line, the Sir Bills sophomore quarterback, Bradey Brownell, threw a swing pass to Stover for a 13 yard pick up.

A fumble resulted in a loss of 7 yards and with second and 17 from the 33, Brownell found Dawson Sanges in the flat who raced up the sideline for a 67 yard Sir Bills touchdown. Brownell connected with Evan White for the two-point conversion to make the score 38-8.

Hudson Falls would answer one more time as they scored another quick touchdown. With first-and-10 from the Johnstown 48, Condon roared in for a touchdown but the play was called back on a holding penalty. Three plays later Prevost took the hand off on a counter play and rolled up the sideline for a 37-yard touchdown. Prevost closed out the scoring with an extra point kick that was good to make the score 45-8.

Brownell finished the night with a 6-for-13 passing effort for 130 yards and one touchdown. Sanges hauled in two catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Stover had three catches for 25 yards and carried the ball nine times for 12 yards and Jack Stramezzi rushed the ball four times for 44 yards.

Coach Hall tried to put things in perspective.

“We were hesitant to make the play but our guys were in the right spot, I’ll give them that,” he said. “We’ve just got to have some young kids step up and make that easy play; easy play; easy play and then make that big play.”

Johnstown will host Green Tech and South Glens Falls will travel to Hudson Falls next Friday night.

Hudson Falls 45, Johnstown 8

Hudson Falls 16 16 13 0 — 45

Johnstown 0 0 8 0 — 8

First quarter

HF — Condon 25 yd run (Condon run)

HF — Maddison 1 yd run (Prevost run)

Second quarter

HF — Prevost 44 yard run (Condon run)

HF — Prevost 22 yd pass from Condon (pass to Hermanson)

Third quarter

HF — Prevost 46 yd run (kick failed)

J –Dawson Sanges 67-yard pass from Brady Brownell (Pass to Evan White)

HF — Prevost 37 yd run (Prevost kick good)